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EDI Workshop: Allyship and the anti-racist campus

Two half day virtual workshops using allyship as a starting point to action; and proposing that for lasting change to take place in race equity, stakeholders must move beyond a general understanding of allyship to understanding this within the context of race.

Overview

Despite the best efforts of allyship movements over the past decade, issues around equity – particularly racial equity on campuses persist. Further, many universities are now engaging in conversations about racial justice, diversity, equity and inclusion; and some (cl)aim to be ‘anti-racist’; while this is promising, the evidence of this vision is often hazy. What therefore is an anti-racist campus and how do we get there? Is ‘allyship’ part of the problem – or an integral part of the solution? In seeking to respond to these questions, this session uses allyship as a starting point to action; and proposes that for lasting change to take place in race equity, stakeholders must move beyond a general understanding of allyship to understanding this within the context of race. We aim therefore to provide a space to deepen our understanding of allyship so that these conversations can be turned into action.

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Dates: 23 November and 7 December 2022
Location: Virtual

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Workshop content

The blended module involves two half day virtual workshops with circa one hour of independent reflection and reading. The content will include:

  • Reframing diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Allyship and beyond
  • Developing a vision for an anti-racist campus
  • Barriers and enablers to the vision
  • The use of language within conversations about equity.

Who should attend?

The programme moves from simple to complex and should therefore appeal to a range of audiences within the sector; whether professional services, new to academia, senior academic staff, or those in leadership roles. While this session will primarily reflect on the EDI landscape of the UK higher education sector, there will be underlying issues and approaches that will be of interest to our global members.

Who is delivering the course?

Dr Lindy-Ann Blaize Alfred

Senior Adviser, EDI
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Advance HE
Dr Lindy-Ann Blaize Alfred
Dr Lindy-Ann Blaize Alfred is a Senior Advisor in EDI at Advance HE. A Senior Fellow of the HEA, Lindy-Ann brings over three decades of experience in a range of education sectors both nationally and internationally.

Mia Liyanage

Race Equality Charter Officer
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Goldsmiths University of London
Mia Liyanage
Mia Liyanage is a decolonisation advocate and Race Equality Charter Officer at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is the author of Miseducation: decolonising curricula, culture and pedagogy in UK universities, published by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) in 2020. As an Associate at Advance HE, she was the Researcher for the Anti-Racist Curriclum Project and has written on the workplace experiences of staff of colour.

Learning outcomes

On completion, participants should be able to:

  • To redefine and develop a shared understanding of foundational terms
  • To operationalise the concept of an ‘anti-racist’ campus
  • To develop a literacy around race to enhance
  • To revisit the notion of ‘allyship’
  • To identify race equity detours and discuss practical ways to overcome them